What is Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography?

One of the latest uses of echocardiography. Used to monitor the function of the heart live during major surgeries like liver transplantation and almost all heart surgeries.

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Residing in Stony Brook, NY, Elliott Bennett-Guerrero is a well-established and highly accomplished anesthesiology professor. Elliott Bennett-Guerrero currently serves as the medical director of perioperative quality and patient safety for Stony Brook Medicine. He successfully passed an examination by the National Board of Echocardiography in perioperative transesophageal ECHO in 2000.

Perioperative is a term referring to the time around surgery, mainly from when the patient goes in for an operation, the time through the procedure, and including the time when the patient is sent home. Transesophageal simply means something passing through the esophagus or a surgery performed using the esophagus. Finally, echocardiography is a practice using sound waves to guage how well a person’s heart is functioning. The painless test of tracking sound waves can be translated into photos that shows the shape and size of a human heart.

Put it all together and…

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